The Dallas Stars could be juggling their forward lines a bit tonight. Jaromir Jagr is out due to a lower back injury, and the Stars could be down another forward.
Jagr, who left Thursday’s game against Chicago late in the third period, didn’t practice Friday and was not on the ice this morning at American Airlines Center. He could return Monday in Columbus, but he won’t play tonight against the Blues.
“It’s a lower back injury that needs to be taken care of probably with a couple days rest,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said.
Gulutzan would not identify the other forward who might not play, but said it would be a game-time decision.
“We have another guy that is 50-50 to go,” Gulutzan said. “We won’t disclose that one, but we have another guy that is 50-50.”
That other guy could be Derek Roy or Ray Whitney. Both Roy and Whitney were give maintenance days on Friday and did not practice.
The Stars recalled Colton Sceviour from the Texas Stars this morning. He could play tonight as a center or right wing. Tomas Vincour, recalled from Texas on Thursday, will be in the lineup as well.
Gulutzan wasn’t sure of his line combinations because who was going to be in the lineup was still unclear.
Jamie Benn will not play tonight. There is still immigration paperwork that needs to be completed.
Rome in on defense, Larsen a scratch
Aaron Rome will be make his Stars debut on the blue line tonight. Rome missed the first four games due to a groin injury. He will be paired with Trevor Daley tonight.
“I am feeling better,” said Rome. “I’ll play tonight, try to get into it, be simple and help the team anyway I can.”
To make room for Rome in the lineup, Philip Larsen will be a scratch. Defense pairs should look like this tonight:
Lehtonen has tweak
Gulutzan revealed after the morning skate that Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen has a “tweak,” which is the reason Cristopher Nilstorp is getting the start tonight.
“Kari Lehtonen had a little tweak. We’re not going to mess with it and we’re going to start Nilstorp,” Gulutzan said. “We don’t want to lose a goaltender the way other teams have right away.”